Thursday, December 18, 2014

RR Interview: Jack Carlson and Outtakes from 'Rowing Blazers'

Kingston Rowing Club (Photo courtesy of Jack Carlson)
Recently, we caught up with Jack Carlson about his favorite holiday gifts for rowers this year, and here, we go behind the scenes with Jack during the making of Rowing Blazers. And, included below are several never-before-published outtakes from the book, including U.S. national team vet and Trinity alum John Graves (read his RR interview here), as well as that most famous of rowing duos, the Winklevoss Twins. Here's what Jack had to say.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The RowingRelated 2015 Calendar is Here!

From the 2015 RowingRelated Calendar (Illustration: B. Kitch)

There's a new RowingRelated Calendar hot off the presses for 2015, featuring artwork by RR editor Bryan Kitch. There are a few key rowing dates thrown in, as well as U.S., U.K., Canadian, French, and German holidays to suit the worldwide rowing community. It's not going to break the bank (or even the student budget) at $15, and it can be shipped internationally. So, here's your chance to support the RowingRelated cause, and get some (practical) artwork in return! Take a look at the preview below (for mobile users, click here to view the item on, and keep an eye on our social media outlets for more peeks into the calendar over the coming days.

In our extremely biased opinion, it's the ideal gift for rowers of all ages. You can buy it now here.



Video Of The Week: The Blue Star Takes on Italy

This week's featured video comes to us from Newcastle University Boat Club, and gives an inside look at their recent trip to Italy to race some Italian international crews, with loads on on-the-water shots thanks to no shortage of GoPro cameras (not to mention the kind of 'mileage that makes champions,' as the NUBC squad took the opportunity to defrost and fully embrace the idea of 'suns out, guns out'). The soundtrack could fit nicely into our Winter 2015 Erg(o) Mixtape, and the trip was a successful one for the Newcastle first eight, not least because of the scenery around Lake Sabaudia.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Video Of The Week: Oxford Blues Taking Boat Race Banter to New Heights

This week's featured video comes to us via Oxford University Boat Club, and offers an inside look at their training and preparation for...actually, it's a series of precisely executed, boy-band dance moves, as well as some impressively edited reverse lip-syncing (from 1:16)—a clear indication that the banter level has achieved new heights in the build up to this year's Boat Race. When you think about it, what better way to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents than with a parody R&B viral video?

And, far from letting the men's squad have all the fun, the Oxford women have upped their Christmas sweater game.

The gauntlet has been thrown down—suffice it to say, we're looking forward to seeing how Cambridge responds. (Will the Light Blues go full Daniel Radcliffe?)

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

#TBT: 1979 U.S. National Team Preliminary Men's Eight, with Harry Parker

This week, we're taking a look back to 1979 and the wisdom of Harry Parker, through this training film. The first 45 minutes of the above are shot in Hanover, New Hampshire. Interviewer Bill Stowe—an Olympic champion himself, having rowed on the 1964 Vesper crew that won in Tokyo, and 2011 USRowing Jack Kelly Award winner—spends an afternoon with Parker, during the preliminary phase of training for the U.S. men's eight that summer. Stowe asks thoughtful questions, and Parker gives typically thoughtful answers, as the two discuss workouts and rowing technique, as compared to previous U.S. crews as well as other rowing federations. It also includes raw audio from the launch. The crew shown, from bow to stern, is Bill Purdy, John Biglow, Charlie Altekruse, Mike Hess, Tom Woodman, Otto Stekle, Chip Lubsen, and Bruce Ibbetson, with coxswain Bob Jaugstetter.

The last nine minutes of the video come from Parker's 1983 sculling camp on the Charles, with athletes Bruce Beall, John Terwilliger, Kurt Somerville, the legendary Tiff Wood, Tony Horvat, William Donoho, Mark Bickford, Mike Totta. Again, the audio is straight from the launch, giving us a sense for what it was like to sit next to Harry that day. The film is every bit as valuable from the coaching and technique perspective as it is from the historical one—as students of the history of our sport will tell you, there is just so much to know.

Thanks to John Biglow for posting this to YouTube—it's an invaluable resource for today's rowers to gain insight into the mind of one of the most outstanding coaches the sport has ever known.